ArtLung posts tagged with robots ·
New Bot Day! Zambot 3 (ザンボット 3) is from a 1977 anime tv show “Super Machine Zambot 3.” It’s not a giant robot I knew about as a kid. The show is considered a precursor to Gundam-style science fiction stories: it has life and death stakes. Many characters die by the end of the 23-episode series. Here’s to serious robotic drama!
New Bot Day! Cranky—a Kikkerland wind-up robot—was designed by Chico Bicalho – its “hands” can hold paper. Wound up, Cranky dances, drawing attention to the paper. Here he’s in the maelstrom of projects on my drafting table.
I’m so known to my pals as the “robot guy” that when people imagine they see robots in the world they send me photos. And with @procreate I can make that robot visible! See magic everywhere you go! Thanks @leahblooms for the excuse to #robotober! #robotdrawing
New Bot Day! Awika! was designed by Chico Bicalho for Kikkerland and was released in 2004. His walking power comes from a constant force spring that is tightened. He also makes sparks! I believe @chrisgreazel & family also gave me this one.
New Bot Day! Welome “GR-2” aka Torazon who is an antagonist in the Giant Robo manga and tv series (in the USA: Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot). On top of his head? Electric Head Boomerang. Everyone needs one of those. Have a great week!
New Bot Day! “Le Pinch” are wind-up robots by Kikkerland that I’ve had for a number of years, I’m pretty sure it was my pal Chris and his kids Diana & Zac who gave these two to me. If I’m misremembering I’m sorry! They’re cute and charming and can walk on their yellow or green feet. I look forward to when I can see all my friends in person again!
New Bot Day! BMO is a multipurpose robotic game system originating in Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” (2010). Adventure Time is a multilayered epic and “Beemo” is a prime mover in the tales of Finn & Jake. Even though I have not delved into the whole show, I had to add charmer BMO! “Be more!”
New Bot Day! ASP-704 was a 1997 digital insertion into”Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” He’s one of many additions many regard as unnecessary. Star Wars was rich with texture and realistically dirty already in 1977. I’m happy to have lived into an era where vivid Star Wars stories are being told again. Welcome ASP-704! You are superfluous but all Star Wars droids are dear to my heart.
New Bot Day! Sparks is from 2010’s Toy Story 3 and voiced by Jan Rabson, who also appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson! Sparks was initially a goon for Lotso’ Huggin’ Bear but reformed in the end. He’s here with my last and current notebook. Have a great week!
New Bot Day! Elektro is my first bot from the 1930s. “Elektro the Moto-Man” was 7 feet tall and could walk and talk, differentiate colors, and “smoke” cigarettes. He appeared at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. This is a giveaway pin from the fair, to my knowledge no actual toys were made of this bot. Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company was by then a 50 year old industrial concern. They were there showing off several technologies, among them the new tech of television. Surprisingly, Elektro was not their first promotional robot: that was 1928’s “Herbert Televox.” “Robot as sales and public relations tool” is yet another use of the idea of “robot.” It seems to me we put a face and body on technologies to make them more palatable, more understandable, less threatening.
New Bot Day! Perserverence is a semiautonomous robotic rover! Launched by NASA July 2020; landed February 2021. “Percy” is a scientific explorer, testing the environment of Mars, seeking evidence of former microbial life, collecting rock and soil samples, and testing oxygen production to prep for potential future crewed missions. Go Percy Go!
New Bot Day! Hello Bertie is a customized “World War Robot” bot designed by illustrator/creator Ashley Wood. It’s beautifully customized by Jason Chalker @manlyart ! This was a lovely surprise gift from @hellokellykuhl!
New Bot Day! ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) is a real robot built by Honda in 2000. Honda continued building ASIMO bots (the name inspired by Isaac Asimov) until 2018. My robot collection is fanciful, but robotics is real. Factual and fictional robots inspire me to ponder our past and our possible futures.
New Bot Day! Are droids free? D-O’s story in 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker forces us to ponder. D-O escapes service with a murderous Sith and joins the Rebel Alliance and is happy! It’s a better lot in life, but is the little robot free? What is freedom? Interrogating the ethics of a story is worthwhile.
New Bot Day! Chromedome was built by Shredder to defeat the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. From 1987 tv, he’s a powerful robot ninja and a boss to human ninjas. He was pulverized by the Turtles but his remains were not recovered. Will he return? I don’t know, but I’m gonna enjoy this cafe au lait in the meantime.
New Bot Day! Happy Mini Tin Robot by Schylling was presented to me last week by my nephews and he fits in great with my bot collection. Here he’s hanging out with toy animal molds I scavenged from the sand at the beach!
New Bot Day! SpotBot™ comes from around 1988 and was made by Tomy, Japanese maker of many cool toys. He has a battery, and when turned on spins around and “barks” cutely. A robot to brighten your desk!
New Bot Day! Marvin (the paranoid android) first appeared on radio in 1978 in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and in books, tv, and film. This iteration is from 2005. It’s a solid design, but my favorite is the 1981 television version. Marvin is super-intelligent, with “a brain the size of the planet” but is nevertheless depressed. #h2g2 #marvintheparanoidandroid
New Bot Day! Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots was developed by Marvin Glass and Associates in the 1960s. Originally the toy was meant to represent human boxers, but the death in the ring of of Davey Moore in 1963 the project was scrapped. But the toy was fun. The company “de-humanized” the figures. They were robots that fall apart, not a person that falls over. They have science fictional backstories: “Red Rocker” from Soltarus II fights “Blue Bomber, pride of Umgluck.” I wonder when we started using robots to stand in to let us enjoy entertaining violence? Endless streams of battle droids are shot, dismembered, and crushed in Star Wars movies and animation, to comical effect. Contrast that with the moving death of K-2SO in Rogue One. We are selective about which robots we choose to think of as worthy of dignity. Empathy turns out to be a creative choice not just for the creator but for the viewer. It’s worth interrogating our hearts when we cheer and laugh about violence being done to others. Sometimes, it’s just a toy. Sometimes, not.
New Bot Day! Daimos is from 1978 anime 闘将ダイモス (“Fighting General Daimos”); 3rd of Toei “Robot Romance Trilogy.” Voltes V & Combattler V came first. It transforms into a giant road vehicle in “Tranzer” mode! Daimos knows karate and defends Earth from alien invaders!
New Bot Day! Pneuman is from the Tom Strong Universe. He was created by Tom’s father Sinclair Strong and was originally steam-powered. I like his natty tuxedo-style paint job. He a servant and personal robot to Tom and was created by Alan Moore in 1999 for the comics!
After my 6am swim in City Heights I hankered for a concha. Panchita’s Bakery @panchitasbakery in Golden Hill (I lived a few blocks away after my first divorce) had the goods. Left and saw that Influx @Influx1 on Broadway was open. Still great. Oh, and New Bot Day! I think of this guy as “Carl” – the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 (T-800) from Terminator: Dark Fate who grows a conscience. My prior 101 has a broken leg. Feeling a lot of positive vibes lately. Grow a conscience. Be funny. No fate but what we make. But always be ready for SkyNet to come after you.
New Bot Day! Space Robot (No. 902) is a toy from the late 1960s. He’s a windup toy who walks and has a radar dish on his head that spins. I don’t know much about his manufacturer or origin but love the chrome plastic look. He’s a kitschy addition to my collection!
New Bot Day! Claw is a part of a 1970 toy robot series called Ding-A-Lings. Claw could ride on the Super Loop Skyway a kind of battery powered monorail that could do loops. An interesting cross of robot toy and toy train set. I love finding about robots I had no inkling existed!
New Bot Day! iBoy was given to me today, my birthday! A terrific find from Kelly and made by @classicbot_toy! I have nearly 200 bots and it’s hard to surprise me but she did! Flanked by greeting cards! I am so lucky ❤️
New Bot Day! Welcome Vulgar The Destroyer! Vulgar is a bad guy, fully armed and mean as heck! Beware the drill in his head and the mace blaster he carries! He’s from 1984, where the ROBO Force toy line was a failure, beaten by those Robots in Disguise. ROBO Force robots have suction cup feet which was not the fun selling point some guy thought it could be. Vulgar follows Hun-Dred, leader of the Cult of Dred robot army. Welcome Vulg!
New Bot Day! Robo Shark is from a Super Friends 2012 Aquaman playset for ages 3-8. I don’t think Aquaman needs a robotic shark to travel with though the marketing materials says that’s what happening. Had I gotten this as a kid I’d have made them fight which I suspect kids today do too. I do like Aquaman though, particularly the Brave and the Bold egotistical version, and I dig the Jason Momoa version too despite the DC movies not being rewatchable for me. I love to swim and had I had these toys in the decade I was 3 to 8 I’d be playing with them in the bath, at pools, and in the ocean. Welcome Robo Shark!
New Bot Day! Robbie the Dog Robot is from DC COMICS! He first appeared in Star-Spangled Comics #29 in 1944. Robotman built him to be a companion. He can signal Morse code with his eyes and has high intelligence. I’m happy to have him join the other canine-bots in my bot collection.
New Bot Day! Rusty the Boy Robot is from the 1995 Dark Horse comic in which Rusty idolizes The Big Guy. Rusty is clearly inspired by Astro Boy in the best ways. Alongside Rusty is non-robot hero Lady Maxx, a vinyl creation by Mark Nagata and Max Toy Company. Be earnest & heroic today!
New Bot Day! Cometroid E-05 transforms from egg to robot. Created for Japanese toy line Tamagoras (タマゴラス); the waning He-Man franchise ingested him and other egg-bots in 1984 and called them Meteorbs.
New Bot Day! Welcome Pocket Bot by Tomy from 1978! I think I got one as a stocking stuffer at Christmas. I acquired this one-and-three-quarter inches tall wind-up recently. It has a sharp design despite being a mass-market, cheap toy. A perfect small toy for a kid to bring along when they’re dragged along on parental errands. “Yes, you can bring a toy.”
New Bot Day! Fugitoid was introduced in a 1985 black and white comic Mirage Studios. Fugitoid was a worker bot called Sal who is fused with scientist Dr. Honeycutt. I remember Fugitoid on the stands at Comic Gallery. I didn’t buy it. The comic lasted one issue, but the character was added to the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe.
New Bot Day! V.I.N.CENT is from The Black Hole (1979) and I’ve been seeking this fella to replace the toy I got at a Woolworth’s on Canal Street in New Orleans in 1981. I loved VINCENT for his earnestness and expressive design. Also I wanted to be able to retract my eyes into my shell to protect myself. “Vital Information Necessary CENTralized” is his terrible acronym but my nostalgia is activated when I look at him.
New Bot Day! Old B.O.B. appeared in Disney’s The Black Hole (1979). BOB stands for BiO-sanitation Battalion. He’s old and cantankerous but tells the truth and is key to the story. Slim Pickens’ distinct voice perfectly establishes the character, as does the shabby design. I have great memories of this too-dark, unsettling, hard-to-recommend movie, but I love the bots!
New Bot Day! Cylon Raiders are robotic spacecraft debuting in 2007 in the rebooted Battlestar Galactica. This biomechanical robot is nicknamed “Scar” by Colonial pilots, known for fearsome combat. These Cylons are not as intelligent as the humanoid types, but they are still expertly deadly.
New Bot Day! Daiapolon from 1976 animated tv show UFO戦士ダイアポロン (UFO Robo Dai-Apolon) — sort of football themed because the “pilot” Takeshi kind of plays football but it’s made of 3 ships from an alien world and I love robots because they’re weird!
New Bot Day! MOGUERA (1994) stands for Mobile Operation Godzilla Universal Expert Robot Aero-type—it was built by the United Nations out of leftover pieces of Mechagodzilla and was designed to fight SpaceGodzilla. It can transform: Land Moguera & Star Falcon. I took a hiatus for new bots over the holiday: now they’re back!
New Bot Day! From the 2010 Adult Swim Flash game “Robot Unicorn Attack.” No matter what, the Robot Unicorn (with a rainbow mane and tail!) charges forward as long as they can! Learn from the Robot Unicorn and forward gallop into the future and stomp on evil. Giddy-up!
New Bot Day! Merry Christmas 2020! Super Space Giant is a small tin replica of a Horikawa robot design from 1955 or so. He is Dwarfed by Futurama’s Robot Santa and flanked by a little green bot I got at Kobey’s Swap Meet. Merry Christmas & Stay Safe!
New Bot Day! Captain Rex (RX-24) is from a theme park! Built for Disneyland’s Star Tours (1987) attraction piloting a Starspeeder 3000, imperfectly. Paul Rubens provided the voice. After years of service he’s now known as R-3X and is a DJ in Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2019). Here’s to getting safely back to Disneyland in 2021!
New Bot Day! Robot 18 is what I call this muscular bot. Made by @childrensplace I don’t know how old he is or anything about him. He’s got a Children’s Place marking on one foot and “598177 1243” on the other. Once lost, now found. Welcome Eighteen!
New Bot Day! Bumblebee is an original Transformer (1984) and well-loved enough to be in every version of that franchise. His headlining movie is good! See it. This one transforms into a classic 60s Volkswagen Bug. I like how this one tickles my memories!
New Bot Day! I love this guy but he’s regrettably anonymous. I picked him up in a booth at @designercon 2018. Paid cash, no receipt. Can’t remember the booth. “A&A CHINA” on the back of his helmet. I like him! He seems like a survivor.
New Bot Day! I got a second Daggit to join my Battlestar Galáctica family. Acquired at @replaytoysboutique —support local businesses in this hideous mismanaged pandemic! Have hope! Wear your mask, be safe!
New Bot Day! Cy-Kill (1984) is from the world of GoBots. Despite a red-white-and-blue color scheme, he’s a villain driven by jealousy of Leader-1. Cy-Kill leads the Renegades against the Guardians. I feel melancholy thinking about the GoBots. They are the lesser American transforming robot franchise based on toys in every way I can think of.
New Bot Day! JOJO Neon Blue (BB-03NB) is an imposing robot gorilla who transformers down into a neon blue cube. Designed for TOPOP toys by @saibooku22, I picked up this fella at San Diego Comic Con in 2017. ROARRRR!
New Bot Day! THE SUPER-ADAPTOID is a 1966 Lee-Colan-Kirby creation. The Adaptoid was made by AIM to mimic and defeat the Avengers. A powerful and destructive being, it was ultimately defeated by the forces of good.
New Bot Day! Arcee (“R-C”) debuted in Transformers: The Movie in 1986. She is the first of the feminine-appearing robots in the various Transformers iterations. Hallmark color pink hides fierce hand-to-hand combat skills and deep caring for fellow Autobots and human compatriots.
New Bot Day! Welcome Dr. Kahl’s Robot. Cuphead (2017) is a game inspired by 1930s animation. Dr. Kahl is a mad scientist, of course. This giant robot is a major boss in the game. He shoots lasers and explosives in the hallmark rubber-hose animation style.
New Bot Day! Welcome to a Manhunter. The Manhunters are robots created by the Guardians of the Universe millions of years ago. Intended to fight evil, these robot police went bad, in the spirit of All Cops Are Bastards. The Green Lanterns superseded them and in the comics are a more effective force for good. The Manhunters still vow revenge on the Guardians and Green Lanterns in DC Comics.
New Bot Day! R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy) is a toy robot accessory made by Nintendo for the NES in 1985. It was used for only 2 games. It’s now considered a “marketing trojan horse” – making people think the NES was especially sophisticated. Also you can play him in Smash Brothers!
New Bot Day! Leopardon (レオパルドン) is a giant robot driven by 1978’s Japanese Spider-Man. Why?! Because comics are weird, and comics multiplied by seventies Japanese tv is even weirder. Do yourself a favor and look it up!
“It is impossible for me to harm or by omission of action, allow to be harmed, a human being.” – New Bot Day welcomes Bishop from 1986’s “Aliens.” In the film, he’s played by actor Lance Henriksen. He prefers the term “artifical person” to “synthetic,” which is derogatory in the year 2122. In a tight spot, trust Bishop to get it done, whatever it takes!
New Bot Day—a Pit Droid! A gaggle of these robots debuted in 1999’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace working on podracers. They’re sort of comedic and hapless but I like how economical and simple they are. A charming bot for times which are full of trouble.
New Bot Day! On this hot day, welcome a second, larger H.E.R.B.I.E.! (Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics) from the 1978 Fantastic Four cartoon. Conceived as a replacement for the Human Torch and because cute robots are cute. Comics are indeed weird. Stay cool!
New Bot Day! Chibi-style Cylon Centurion from Battlestar Galactica (1978)! In March I added a vintage 1978 figure. This rendition was too cute to pass up. He’s pictured with a snippet of my freewriting. I’m making comics at a more regular pace which only happens because I’m writing, drawing, improvising words and pictures regularly. A “practice.” I make things I discard. Throwing interesting ideas in the trash is hard for me. But that editing process is core to completing every comic. Which makes me think of BSG: it was derided as a Star Wars ripoff at the time. Galactica sure wasn’t as amazing as Star Wars but it inspired me at the time. In this tire-fire of a world, where so many are struggling, I’m lucky to have time for creative endeavors. We are in a time of incredible injustice and governmental malfeasance. Keep working for good. Onward, everybody.
New Bot Day! EVE stands for Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator and first appeared in 2008’s post-apocalyptic fable WALL·E. She is dutiful, graceful and heavily armed. Do not mess with EVE! She reminds me of the brilliant, tough & funny RBG, who died last week. EVE is pictured with artwork by Gillian Dreher & Rick Geary of Justice Ginsberg #rickgeary @theresgill
New Bot Day! Lore is a sentient android robot from the tv show Star Trek: The Next Generation’s first season (1988). Lore was villainous, believing himself superior to organic creatures. Dr. Noonian Soong & Juliana Soong’s experiences with Lore caused them to build Data, a “younger brother” to Lore, without emotions. Lore made trouble throughout his existence and was deactivated in 2370.
New Bot Day! Getter Poseidon is from the Getter series of 1975-6. This is a sofubi (ソフビ) soft vinyl toys. It’s made by filling molds with melted vinyl. Based on my research this is an unlicensed bootleg toy. I paid a Japanese seller on March 22 on eBay. Yuichi, the seller, warned me by message “Due to the influence of COVID-19, the shipment of ‘International e-packet light’ SAL flights from Japan to overseas has been urgently canceled.” At the same time I had a purchase from Hong Kong that the seller cancelled even though I won it. Yuichi was very thorough in explaining the options for cancellation and refund. We messaged periodically throughout, and 94 days later the package arrived. Getter Poseidon means a lot to me. I realized 8 years ago that this bot is one that I’ve been drawing subconsciously since I was about 10 years old. Bot collecting has taught me a certain amount of patience. I thanked Yuichi profusely when it arrived in June. It’s a time of hardship for many, and patience and care means so much. Hang in there everybody.
New Bot Day! Diana A (ダイアナンA) was piloted by Sayaka Yumi, who also piloted Aphrodite A. Both are mecha of peace, but include oppai chest missiles . Diana A is named for the Roman goddess of the hunt. She’s from the Great Mazinger franchise in the mid 1970s. This Diana is a gashapon (ガシャポン), a toy that can be sold from a vending machine. She’s seen with other gashapons from my collection.
New Bot Day! Preston is a robotic dog — “Cyberdog” — he appeared in the short “A Close Shave (1995).” Fred Ramsbottom built him to help in his wool factory and after the scientist dies Wendolene Ramsbottom inherits the factory and Preston. But Preston turns bad and shenanigans ensue, resolved by Wallace & Gromit of course!
New Bot Day! Roberto first appeared in 2001 on “Futurama” in the episode “Insane in the Mainframe.” Roberto is in the Asylum for Criminally Insane Robots because his comic impulses are to stab and rob banks.
Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. If you think saying this is worse than black people being killed by police you are in a moral abyss. Iron Giant is an animated film but manages to be about moral rightness. We can overcome a violent nature. We can change violent systems. We can refuse to be a gun. New Bot Day is an #SDCC 2020 Cosmo Burger Edition Iron Giant @collectdst exclusive. Behind him are Riso prints from @burn_all_books. Take a knee. Black Lives Matter. Defund The Police. #riso #blacklivesmatter #irongiant
New Bot Day! Postler (ポストーラー) is a beautiful die cast toy from Japan in 1981. He’s a functional robot – he is a functional Japan Post mailbox and he has functional skates. His torso is marked with slots for Tokyo on the right, and other prefectures on the left. He originates with related to Ganbare!!Robocon. I’ve given him some mail to carry. He reminds me that we keep the mail safe and secure! @japanposthd_official @uspostalservice #savethepostoffice
New Bot Day! Gamerot (ガメロット) aka Gamelot, is a villainous robot from Ultraman Leo, a series from 1975. Gamerot, like a turtle, can pull his limbs into his body. He is a rebellious giant robot from the planet Sarlin. Be safe out there!
New Bot Day! C-3PO is well known to all as a translator and protocol droid since 1977’s Star Wars. I got this guy at Frank & Son’s up in L.A. a few months ago. Threepio is always a bit put upon and worried and seldom far away from his friend R2-D2. Here’s to being wrong that the odds are not against us! “Thank the maker!”
New Bot Day! Schylling Tin Bot X-306 is a wind-up tin toy. I’ve had him since early 2014, if not earlier. He’s “a reproduction of similar styled Japanese Robots of the 1940s and 1950s.” He was a gift, but I don’t remember from who. Wow a lot has happened in 6 years. Welcome X-306!
New Bot Day! Welcome Dynomutt, Dog Wonder. The Dog Wonder can extend his neck and paws and often his heroics go awry. He worked with Blue Falcon to protect Big City in Hanna-Barbera’s The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour (1976). I love dog-bots. And Joe Cool. And art. And social justice.
New Bot Day! Long time no bots. Welcome Silent Running (1972)’s Dewey (01), Huey (02), Louie (03). They are bots that help Freeman Lowell’s fraught effort to preserve Earth’s forests on a spaceship called the Valley Forge. Behind it is Kelvin @klart760/ @thehillstreetcountryclub’s lovely screen-printed #BLM canvas bag. Have hope—eyes on the prize!
New Bot Day! Great Mazinger (グレートマジンガー) is from 1974. Created by Go Nagai, who is credited with inventing the super robot genre, among others. Great Mazinger is an improved Mazinger Z, built to oppose the Mycenae Empire in anime and manga. Fight for what’s right in every medium!
New Bot Day! Robot Spongebob debuted in 2002! Created by hilariously evil Plankton, he is used to force the real Spongebob to make Krabby Patties at the Chum Bucket. In a chaotic, dangerous world, it feels good to laugh at great animation! Stay safe everybody.
New Bot Day! Cherno Alpha (Черный Альфа) comes from Pacific Rim (2013), a movie I love dearly. Robots in PR are called “jaegers.” Cherno Alpha is piloted by husband and wife Sasha & Aleksis Kaidonovsky to fight kaiju. And “SAY HER NAME” is about Breonna Taylor, who STILL needs justice. Proceeds from that went to @campaignzero via @girlsdrawingirls’ Etsy. Stay strong, it’s a hard year.
New Bot Day! Transformer Smokescreen G2 is a Transformer Decepticon robot from 1994 who also is a fighter jet. He’s the partner to Dreadwing from earlier this week. Apparently this bot somehow hates both Autobots and Decepticons. Not a fan of such nihilism… Transformers are weird though.
I felt moved to add an image to the #JTLArtChallenge — art against the Duterte #JunkTerrorBill which can mark critics of the Philippine government as “terrorists.” I am not Filipino but have great love of both freedom and Filipino culture, especially #VoltesV who would definitely be against this bill!
New Bot Day! Baymax in the beta green armor is a recent acquisition (joining full flying armor and plain healthcare companion Baymax). I think Baymax is what we would put money toward if we defunded police. If you haven’t seen 2014’s Big Hero 6? See it.
New Bot Day! Dermot Joshua Gramo aka D.J. Gramo is a quirky steampunk bot gramophone. He’s a vinyl collectible designed in 2008 in the Mechtorians series. I imagine him playing jazz or blues by Louis Armstrong or Robert Johnson at 78 revolutions per minute on vinyl! “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.”—Satchmo.
New Bot Day! Daikū Maryū is a giant dragon-shaped robot. aka Great Space Dragon aka Kargosaur. It defends Earth from invaders and also parts emerge and the head pops off to become the torso of Gaiking. Japanese super robots from anime in 1976-77 are super weird!
New Bot Day! Welcome Getter-3. From 1974-5’s Getter Robo (ゲッターロボ) manga and anime. Getter 3 forms from ships named Jaguar, Bear & Eagle assembling in that order. If it’s Eagle-Jaguar-Bear it’s Getter-1. If it’s Jaguar-Bear-Eagle it’s 2. This is unique across the classic Japanese bots as far as I know. The creativity and vivid designs of the Getter robots caught my eye when I was age 7 in the Philippines and still inspire me now.
New Bot Day! Giant Robo (ジャイアントロボ, Jaianto Robo) had his heyday in 1967-1968 as a manga and live action tv show. In the US it was called Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. It ran alongside the tumultuous years of civil unrest and political change. It feels weird to keep to a twice a week schedule of posting toy robots when 2020 is full of social trauma. I press on because it feeds my soul. But besides the toys: Black Lives Matter. Defund The Police. If you react negatively to those phrases: learn what they mean to the people for whom they represent positive change, and a better USA. It’s about the continuous improvement the United States has promised consistently. Stay safe – Joe.
New Bot Day! B.E.N. (Bio Electronic Navigator) is from the non-hit Disney animated film Treasure Planet (2002). He’s “wacky.” Voiced by Martin Short, when we meet him he’s been stranded alone for years, with a key part of his brain having been removed. Eventually BEN gets that memory back and (spoiler alert) good prevails over bad and treasure is found! Happy endings in movies aren’t like real life. Real life happy endings require constant vigilance—life goes on. Be well and stay safe and keep the pressure on.
New Bot Day! It’s a Mouser! M.O.U.S.E.R.S. are Mobile Offensive Underground Search Excavation and Retrieval Sentries created by evil scientist Dr. Baxter Stockman, who used them to rob banks and do all kinds of other mischief. Cute and lethal! First appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 in 1984 and in many other TMNT media since then. Got it at Frank & Son’s Collectible Show yesterday. Keep fighting evil everybody!